Jens Liebchen’s ‘System’ – a series of portraits of Japanese Black Pines in the Gardens of the Imperial palace in Tokyo, too perfect and pristine, than natural, as a reflection of the conflict in the Japanese culture between the principles of society and the mere beauty.
”The tradition of tree shaping has come to assume an emblematic role in Japanese culture. Trees and shrubs in Japanese gardens are often drastically modified. Sculptors both control the location of the trees and manipulate the growth of trunks, branches, and leaves. Little, if anything, is left to nature.”
The series is published in a photo book.